HPE StorageWorks MSA Review

Stable, responsive support, easy to expand, and has dual controllers


What is our primary use case?

When we purchased this solution, we work looking to go from a standalone VMware server to a full-fledged host. We have two hosts and we have the SAN, and so it was the most cost-effective at the time for us, as beginners with SAN technology.

We are currently looking to replace this with a newer product because of its age.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features were the dual controllers and being able to expand it.

What needs improvement?

The support contract is expensive, although they are very responsive.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the HPE MSA 1040 for almost six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a very stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have two of these units and we replicate between them with our sister company.

When we purchased it, we had some open drive bays. If we had needed to expand then we could have, but we never had the need to do so.

How are customer service and technical support?

HP's technical support is great and they helped us with everything.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We paid somebody to take care of the deployment. For both sites, it took about a week to complete.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

When we bought this solution it was very reasonably priced and they were willing to deal.

The ongoing support is expensive and they get a good amount of money, but they are so responsive that I don't mind paying for it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our shortlist to replace this solution includes products from SimpliVity, Nimble, and Pure Storage.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good product and everything I needed it to do, it did and still does.

My advice for anybody who is implementing the MSA is to hire somebody to deploy it if you don't have the staff.

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

MSA 1040
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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